The Cleveland Browns improved to 5-2 on the season with a thrilling 37-34 win over the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday that saw both teams trade the lead back and forth numerous times in the second half, with Baker Mayfield finding Donovan Peoples-Jones for the game-winning touchdown with 11 seconds to play.
Part of the reason Peoples-Jones was in position to make the game-winning catch was because of a knee injury suffered on the first drive of the game by star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., in which he hit his knee on a teammate as he somewhat awkwardly jumped to try and tackle a defender on an interception return.
Darius Phillips loves the Battle of Ohio
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) October 25, 2020
Beckham was taken to the locker room and eventually was ruled out, and after the game reports emerged of concerns that the injury, which in real time didn’t cause too many to think about it being a long-term injury, was a serious one. On Monday morning, after further MRI testing, the Browns confirmed that Beckham was indeed expected to miss the rest of the 2020 season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Odell Beckham Jr. tears ACL, expected to miss rest of 2020 season
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 26, 2020
It’s a big loss for the Browns, as Beckham had recently found some form in the Browns new offense, most notably with his huge outing against the Cowboys a couple weeks back. With Beckham out, Jarvis Landry becomes the top receiver for Cleveland with the rookie Peoples-Jones being asked to take on a bigger role and, as we saw Sunday, Mayfield leaning even further on his tight ends.